Oscars 2013: Zero Dark Thirty


– I found ZDT pretty, err, boring. Maybe because I increased my expectation a notch. I LOVE Kathryn Bigelow’s Hurt Locker, so I was expecting a lot from her. I was welcomed by a tons of ‘talking’ in ZDT. Dull (say that in Sherlock’s tone). I was disappointed, to tell you the truth. I was expecting this movie to at least be at par with Argo (my current topnotcher). I don’t think it was even close.

– ZDT does not present a backgrounder on what’s going on, so I was very confused on the utterance of names of people or organizations I didn’t recognize. There were a lot of acronyms I was not familiar with, since I really don’t have a subscription of news on ‘terrorism’ or ‘Osama Bin Laden’. Maybe that’s why I was bored. I don’t know what they were talking about.

It was like the movie assumed that the viewers are experts on the Al Qaeda monarchy or past terrorism attacks all over the world. There were names I didn’t even recognize. I don’t know, maybe Kathryn intended the movie for a specific audience (read: not non-Americans). But still. If Ben’s Argo was able to present a clear backgrounder, I was hoping ZDT also could.

– Whenever people ask me how was the movie, I always say “Boring. But if you live through the first part, you’ll be rewarded by an awesome last part”.

– This was what I liked about The Hurt Locker – Kathryn really knows how to build up suspense. The same was (almost) true with ZDT. The last part of the movie (when they finally attack UBL’s hideout, and some moments leading to it) was very intense, methinks. What’s special about it was that I knew what’s going to happen – it’s a common knowledge that UBL was killed during that event – but the build up of intensity made that part very enjoyable to watch. It’s like you know the end of the movie, yet you’re still drawn to it because you want to know HOW it’s going to lead there. That was my second favorite part of the movie – the intensity it had at the latter part.

– Jessica Chastain was my favorite part. She was glorious. OMG! The last part (last scene) was highly emotional, and I don’t even know why! Maya (Jessica’s charater), was just emulating this certain emotion, and I was not even sure what the emotion was (was she happy because UBL was finally dead, or sad because she has no where else to go?). I just looked at her and I teared up a bit (again, I don’t even know why). Powerful acting.

– What Argo DIDN’T have that ZDT had was the ability to make the audience think. ZDT tackled a lot of issues – terrorism, torture, security, etc. Rumors had it that my girl Kat didn’t receive a nomination because of how controversial ZDT is. You go girl.

– Still picking Argo over this [Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook]. I think Argo is more solid than ZDT. Although I’ll probably remember ZDT more, five or even 10 years from now.

Oscars 2013: The ultimate annual movie marathon

February 5, 2013